Why do we remember the Holocaust?
The 7th January is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 27th January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
On Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) we can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it;s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. Discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.
Why is it significant, as global citizens, to be aware of this event?
Is there anywhere in the world this is occurring presently?
As a class, discuss reasons why we should never forget.
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